Yellowstone – The Lifelong Dream

PART 1 of ?

As with many Americans, seeing Yellowstone was a lifelong dream. Because of this, I took my time for my first visit. Altogether, I was in the area for about two weeks. I camped just outside two different Park gates. Unfortunately, my visit coincided with partial closures due to the horrific June 2022 flooding.

Golden Gate Canyon SP & St. Louis Cardinals vs Colorado Rockies

I know this post won’t interest as many people because it’s mostly about my Cardinals but there are also a few photos from the beautiful state of Colorado.
The reason it was a big deal for me to see the Cardinals this season is because two greats are retiring – long-time Cardinal, Catcher Yadier Molina, and returning Cardinal, Slugger Albert Pujols. We now know the Cards will be in the post-season which is nice considering the retirement of these players. I hope they/we go out with a bang and a banner!

Denver Bound

While in Dixie National Forest, I got a wild hair. My boys, the St. Louis Cardinals, were coming to play in Denver. I asked a friend if they would be interested in meeting me. After scrambling to buy tickets and finding a place to camp, I started making my way toward Denver. I took a few photos along the way. I also posted a video after the photo gallery.


Ever since I got hit by a dust devil, I regard them with a whole lot more “respect”.


Dixie NF/Bryce Canyon NP

It turned out that one of the couples that I met at the North Rim area, Bruce & Char, were going to the same area as I was after leaving the North Rim – Dixie National Forest in Utah. I asked if they would mind if I camped near them & they graciously agreed.
(My friend Penny had originally told me about this area and suggested it would be a good cool, high elevation place to stay while I visited nearby Bryce Canyon and Zion. She thought I would like the area, too, and she was absolutely right. Thanks, Penny!)
Bruce & Char found a nice spot on Strawberry Ridge Rd (FR239) with cell reception. I camped a stone’s throw down from them. At this spot, we were 33mi from Cedar City, 44mi from Bryce Canyon, and 43mi from Zion, so it’s a very nice central location. Temperatures were great (late July/early August). The road in was slightly rough but not too bad. There was a fair bit of traffic from razors, side-by-sides, etc., but I’ve seen much worse. No services but dumpsters at Navajo Lake are open to dispersed campers – 8mi away. Water, etc., is a bit tougher. A few amenities are probably available at Duck Creek Village but I’m guessing they are expensive. I arrived in the area all stocked up, and I also made a trip to Cedar City.

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